Indiana may require background checks every 5 years

According to a recent articles in the Indianapolis Star newspaper, Indiana lawmakers are considering, for this year’s legislative session,  greatly expanding the requirements for background checks on school employees. “Per the Star, proposals range from making checks “more routine” and reducing the time that elapses between when a screen is completed and an employee begins…

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Using background information

Per the EEOC, “Any background information you receive from any source must not be used to discriminate in violation of federal law.” This means that you should: Apply the same standards to everyone, regardless of race, national origin, color, sex, religion, disability, genetic information (including family medical history) or age (40 or older). For example,…

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More employment and anti-discrimination resources

As we wrap up our discussion of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), here are some links and resources from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for those who want to learn more about federal anti discrimination laws. Per the EEOC, the agency is “…responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against…

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Continual Background Screens—a Trend for the Future?

Late last year, the Society of Human Resource Management released an article about the increasing trend toward background screening throughout an employee’s tenure at a company. This approach, also called “infinity screening,” is a sharp departure from the traditional approach of background screening only during the hiring phase. There are many reasons why companies might…

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Disposing of background information

Once a decision is made about an applicant, it’s important to remember that both the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have requirements regarding the disposal of background information. Following is guidance information reprinted directly from their original sources. Official EEOC Guidance Any personnel or employment records you make or…

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“Avoiding Unnecessary Risks”

I recently found an article I want to share with you.  It was written by Erica Clausen-Lee, Chief Strategy Officer of InfoMart.  Here’s what she had to say about failing to do background checks: “While background screening is not always required by law, it has quickly become recognized as a best practice for employers seeking…

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